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    Hi, i was wondering if anyone can explain to me how to partition my new Seagate FreeAgent, for my mac, windows, and both (so i can transfer files between the two). so far i'm at the disk utilities, my volume scheme is at 3 partitions.
    -my mac partition is set to Mac OS extended (journaled).
    -my windows partition.., i don't know what i should put this to.
    -both partition ..i don't know what to formate this too, i believe FAT32 but there is no FAT32 format.

    Also what should my options be? MBR, Apple partition map, GUID?

    and one more question...if i do this, whatever os i connect to, will it read the external without a problem?
    thank you.



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    Hello

    I had this problem myself too.

    The question is, will you rather use this as your OS X back-up drive e.g. Time machine; or just to back up some stuff from your mac and pc?

    If you won't use Time machine I would advise you to use Paragon NTFS for Mac, it's a shareware app but it does a pretty good job using your NTFS-based external HDD without encountering troubles.

    There are also some free appz arround but they weren't useful to me, they just wanted to work with me.

    But if you would like to use Time machine then you it has to be mac os extended (and then you will have to use an extra utility on your windows-based pc. Not sure what app this is, I forgot.

    Hope this was helpful to you.

    Regards

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    Sorry, just posting again to be subscribed to this thread :-)

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    If you want a drive or partition that mac and windows can read AND write on use FAT32, the problem is, you cannot have single files larger than 4GB!

    NTFS works fine for win as we know, mac os can only read it.
    (i guess you can also make mac os write to NTFS partitions with a little modding, check out google for NTFS-3G Driver and macfuse)

    you can also access HFS (mac-formatted) partitions in windows with MacDrive, but macdrive isn't freeware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msen612 View Post
    ...-my windows partition.., i don't know what i should put this to.
    -both partition ..i don't know what to formate this too, i believe FAT32 but there is no FAT32 format...
    in mac os disk utility it only sais FAT, but of course it means FAT32!

    (other than that there would be FAT16 which limits you to 2GB or 4GB partitions, etc, so pretty useless today )


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    Default partition hard drive

    Partition Assistant, maybe you have heard it.
    So, you can get more information through the article--Guidelines on how to partition a hard drive by Creating, Deleting, Formatting and Resizing Partition.
    You can get very clear about the operations through this detail article.
    And I want to tell you, this software is helpful, and it also has free edition, we can experience its superiority in advance.

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    I got confused!!!

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    Default Partitioning external hard drive for mac and windows

    Follow this link for directions. Hope this helps. It helped me.

    How to Partition an External Hard Drive to Backup Windows Data & Mac Data | eHow.com

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    Default partition hard drive

    You can install both operating system in one hard drive by the help of partitioning. But the main problem is that if you have formatted one partition into Mac supported file system such as HFS then when you will login in your Windows account then that partition will not appear as well as you will not be able to access those data. The file format which is compatible with Mac and Windows is FAT32. Apart from this, if you have partition other hard drive in NTFS then you will face problem while accessing data when you are using Mac. To know more in detail (www.partitionmac.com )
    Last edited by jamespdavid001; 08-29-2012 at 07:55 AM.

 

 

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